California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden CalNat Course

Dates: September 5, 2018 - November 14, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Contact: Michelle Cyr at

Sponsor: California Naturalist

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is partnering with the UCSB Natural Reserve System to offer the UC California Naturalist certification course. The course fosters a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. Classes are led by local experts and the program provides an overview of California's diverse ecology, as well as an in-depth study of the ecology of the Santa Barbara region. Participants come from all backgrounds, from newcomers to the region, to trained scientists who want to fill 'gaps' in their overall understanding. The program also serves as the core curriculum for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Sedgwick docent training (supplemental training required).

The California Naturalist program is an excellent introduction to becoming a citizen scientist, amateur naturalist, restoration volunteer, expert docent, or simply an informed hiker. 

2018 Open House Event: Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Join Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as they showcase their California Naturalist Program. Enjoy refreshments with some of the local expert instructors and program graduates on the Pritzlaff Conservation Center’s Island View Deck. Explore the broad overview of regional and California natural history the program provides to long-time residents, newcomers, and participants at all levels of expertise. A short presentation on the program and iNaturalist citizen science projects will be held from 6pm-6:30pm. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.

2018 Course Schedule: September 5 - November 14 (no class on Halloween) from 4:00-7:00pm. Plus 5 Saturday Field Trips (4 out of 5 field trips are required for certification). Field trips subject to change.

  • September 8: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • September 15: Arroyo Hondo Preserve
  • September 22: San Marcos Foothills Preserve
  • October 20: Chaparral TBA
  • October 27: Sedgwick Reserve

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Early Bird Registration: $300 ($60 off the full registration if you sign up before August 1). Scholarships are available to prospective participants with financial need. Visit the registration website.

Instructor: TBA

Contact: For more information, please contact Michelle Cyr at

4 units of lower division college credit available from UC Davis Extension for an additional $80 upon completion of program requirements.

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